Comparing Spine Widths

All of our CitriDori refillable traveler’s notebooks are now available in several widths to accommodate as many (or as few!) inserts as you like.

Slim (2 Strings)

With the thinnist profile, CitriDori Slim is ideal for carrying from 1 to 3 inserts.  It’s trim silhouette makes it easy to toss in your bag on the go! 

(Style note: if your journal includes spine stitching it will be adjusted slightly to better suit the slender spine.)

Original (4 Strings)

The cover that started it all!  The CitriDori Original spine has 4 internal strings for 4 individual notebooks.  There is lots of room leftover, though, so you can use jump bands to expand your carry to 5 or 6 notebooks using the same cover.

Wide (6 Stings)

One of our two newest additions to the family: CitriDori Wide has 6 internal strings!  Similar to the Original and Slim you can still add a couple more with extra jump bands and really stuff it to the brim.

Chunky (8 Strings)

The biggest family member: CitriDori Chunky has a whopping 8 strings. This is a real workhorse!  Don’t worry, though: the tough construction of all our CitriDori covers means even at max capacity your work is well protected.

Not sure what to do with so many inserts? Chunky still feels nice in the hand with only 6 or 7 inside so this can be a great choice if you think you may need room to expand later down the road.

Here is a photo reference for you to compare:

Approximate capacities:

  • Slim: 1.5 – 4cm
  • Original: 2.75 – 5.5cm
  • Wide: 3.5cm – 6cm
  • Chunky: 4cm – 6.5cm

As always, if you are not sure which option if best for you please feel free to contact us. We are always happy to help out!

Happy Planning,

Fran + Ian McKay

11 thoughts on “Comparing Spine Widths

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    • Fran McKay says:

      Hi Jill! The journals widths are roughly 2 cm (slim), 2.5 cm (original), 3 cm (wide), and 3.5 cm (chunky). This is a pretty reliable measurement for the hardcovers, but the lay-flat styles will vary a little more with paper selection and individual binding tensions.

  2. Meghan says:

    I currently use a travelers notebook cover made of fabric with a 2″ spine. I have anywhere from 4-6 ~80pg inserts in it at once. Do you think the Wide Citridori would be too big? I want to have room but not like, have it swimming on my inserts. On the flip side, I like the covers to lay relatively flat (not a lot of ‘bulging’ look about it).

    • Fran McKay says:

      Hi there! If you can, take a measurement of 6 of your inserts together to see how thick they are all together. We can fit 6 of our own inserts inside an original CitriDori and it’s quite stuffed so it would have the “flat” feel you like, but our inserts are 48 pages (120 & 140 gsm) or sometimes 68 pages (100 gsm) so they may be thinner than you are using now unless you are using a very lightweight paper. When the original is completely stuffed full it will hold about 5.5 cm (just over 2 inches) total of inserts. If your biggest stack of inserts is more than that 5.5 cm then I would suggest getting the wide instead!

  3. Dawn says:

    I’m looking for an A5 traveler’s notebook cover to hold a few thinner A5 notebooks. I want to use it to keep a few notebooks in my zippered leather cover from Galen Leather without them being loose when I open it up. If I get a slim cover, how much wider and taller will it be beyond the A5 notebooks when it is at the spine’s thinnest? I’m concerned the cover might not fit my folio and I may just have to enjoy the inserts and create my own cover to keep them connected.

    • Fran McKay says:

      They are probably going to be too big if the folio is only meant to hold a journal. The covers are 22cm tall (1cm taller than standard A5) and about 16.5cm wide – nearly 2cm wider than A5.

  4. jay says:

    hi, i am looking for a notebook suitable for a scrapbook/junk journal which involves a lot of cutting and pasting, meaning that my journals get pretty bulky and hard to manage!! i really like the look of the open spine journals and would love to use one, but i was wondering if something like the citridori notebook would better suit my needs. do you have any suggestions? thank you!

    • Fran McKay says:

      Hi there!! Either will work, honestly, but if you prefer a journal you can always leave us a note to include “spine spacers”. We will insert little extra tabs of paper throughout the book sort of like a photo album, so that the spine ends up wider than it normally would be. Then, when you fill it with all the extra layers, it won’t stretch the spine! 🙂

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